About the Show: As the most watched documentary film series on public television, NATURE delivers the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. Celebrating its 30th Season in Fall 2011, NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET New York Public Media, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs for the New York community.

Over the years, NATURE has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into American homes, becoming in the process the benchmark of natural history programs on American television. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations – including 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.

NATURE Online is the award-winning Web companion to the broadcast series and is spearheading NATURE’s distribution to new media platforms. Visitors can stream full episodes of NATURE programs, watch behind-the-scenes video exclusives with filmmakers and producers, view program excerpts (also available on iTunes and YouTube), and find fun interactives and online features. NATURE viewers can become fans of the series on Facebook and follow @PBSNature on Twitter to keep up with the latest videos, photos, program alerts and more.

As a key component of PBS, NATURE is a notable part of America’s largest classroom. Through the series’ vast learning resource, THIRTEEN produces educational materials such as Teacher’s Guide and video-enhanced lessons for students ranging from elementary to high school. These classroom-ready content and teaching support materials are available through NATURE Online, Thirteen Ed Online, VITAL and V-Me. Most recently, NATURE was featured at Celebration of Teaching & Learning, an education summit and professional development conference attended by over 10,000 educators including the world’s leading experts, advocates, academics and thinkers to help shape the future of schools.

Fred Kaufman is the executive producer of NATURE. Bill Murphy is series producer. Kate Fulton is online producer.

Major corporate support for NATURE is provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is provided by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the nation’s public television stations.

NATURE is broadcast closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and distributed with Descriptive Video Service (DVS) for the sight-impaired.